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Autumnal Equinox :: September Newsletter 2017

Happy Autumn Equinox {weekend} !

It’s hard to believe that Fall is here already and that we’ll be heading into the cooler, longer nights of the season.  But always with these outer changes comes the inner shifts as well, and of course, new fragrances to get cozy and festive in.  We’re thrilled to share all that’s been happening here at the studio; with new designs, aromatherapies to give you calm, joy, and even some clearing, as well as some special items that have returned in our new series.  (And even a special offer, so do read on).

The newest in the Japan :: Moonlight series: 
{Moon Gazing}

Getting ready for sweater weather ?
Or just looking for something wonderfully cozy…  Tsukimi is that fabulous new scent.  It’s luminous… and glows from within with buttery woods, subtle spices, and a dry dusting of fig, and peach skin.

It’s really a new kind of gourmand with lovely food inspired notes, even fruits, that feels so satisfying and yet isn’t sweet like so many in the ‘foodie’ range.  The creamy woods are captivating and so delicately warming.  For me, it’s just the perfect Autumn scent that’s diffusive like moonlight and filled with the grateful energy of the harvest.


Introducing: the Retrograde Files

It’s really exciting to announce that we’ve created a new series called the Retrograde Files.  It’s not exactly new, as the name implies.  It’s a “looking back”, design wise, and seeing where the inspiration leads in delving into our own archives….so that we can re-imagine and re-work older scents that, for various reasons, had to be discontinued.  This practice started as an exercise, but has blossomed to become it’s own collection of sorts.

During the late summer months, a few perfumes called out to us and we’re happy to re-introduce them to you.

Fleurs du Soleil: Inspired by the intense heat of August and the increased interest in our most popular tropical florals, Gardenia and Tuberose, we immediately thought of Fleurs du Soleil.  It is a tropical, floral rainshower brimming with seductive lushness.  With notes of Hawaiian white ginger, pikake, gardenia, tuberose, and island lilies, this just might be every Hawaiian Lei gathered together in bottle.  Originally launched in 1998, we had lost our source for white ginger in 2003, so it was discontinued.  It’s back and more sultry than ever with some awesome new materials.

Aquamarine:  is a modern, aquatic musk scent that’s fresh, lightly citric, and very softly floral.  The ozone / marine, and ‘soapy’ elements are kept in check by soft woods to reveal a very easy-going and wearable unisex design.  This design was originally launched as “Turquoise Waters” way back in our Boston days…c.1994 (!)  It’s really fun to go back to these shimmering currents.

Un Robe de Zibeline:  As September rolled around and we looked to the cooler months in the Northern Hemisphere,  it seemed perfectly right to pull out our (metaphoric and scented)  ‘Sable Coat’… all luxurious and furry soft.  The changes we’ve made have been to re-imagine this design all the more animalic and vintage.  It’s now a true ‘Retro Nouveau’ with a super sexy spice oriental amber in the drydown.  Back in 2004, when the gourmand trend was in full swing, the original design leaned a bit more vanillic and spice oriented.  It’s certainly graduated to a whole new level of sophistication with this re-vision.

We encourage you to check out these beauties as well as the new “archives” listings where you can see other single note musk oils and soliflore scents that can be special ordered through the studio (either by email or by phone).

New Aromatherapy oils:
The Rescue Kit oils
Calm and Awake

Originally co-created in 2011 with our partners in Japan, Undulate Labs, in response to the Tsunami Crisis.  We hoped to create relief: for the emotional and physical body as well as to raise funds to help with the rebuilding.

Now, in this climate of uncertainty and fatigue, we felt that the ‘rescue kit’ botanicals would be a great offering to help in our own daily lives.

Awake encourages feeling uplifted, energized, and present in the moment.  It’s bright and invigorating scent is focusses on the essences of grapefruit, mint, may chang, lemon grass, ginger, sandalwood, and bergamot.

Calm encourages feeling relaxed, quieted, and centered.  The mellow and mildly herbal aroma is beautifuly relaxing from essences of sweet orange, chamomile, lavender, clary sage, benzoin, sandalwood, frankincense, and a soft touch of patchouli for a bit of extra grounding.  (And who doesn’t need that?)

There’s also a set of the two listed as the “Rescue Kit”.  It’s an amazing resource to have in your bag for travel, at the ready at your desk, and really, for any time.


Oh Yeah!
Smudge Nebula

It’s really kinda cool for us to be able to share some of the wonderful and creative designs that we have been making for the Japanese market over the past few years…. And Smudge Nebula is another of them (as are the Rescue Kit Aromatherapy oils).

Crossing space and many miles, an idea was co-created that would speak to both worlds: the dry dust of the Southwest US and the lush humidity of Japan with the purpose of combining the spiritual and aesthetic atmosphere of both to make a specialized ‘energy clearing’ spritz.
Use our Smudge Nebula for clearing rooms, blessings spaces, gems, pets, and people with one journey through the mist.

* Smudge Nebula contains natural fragrance, rosewater, sea salt, and spring water.


That’s all the news for now… but there’s still some incredible new work coming before the year’s end as well as our annual HOLIDAY / THANK YOU SALE, and some new show information for the ArtScent Museum
so keep an eye out for a couple more newsletters in 2017.

With love, and fragrant hugs~
Dawn & the DSH Team

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Our annual THANK YOU SALE is ON!

Please enjoy our  gift of *20% off from now through 1/9/17 with sale code: thanks2016   Thank you for being there for us; we have immense gratitude for you.  And with gratitude, there’s more:



HOLIDAY GIFT with purchase * (December Special ends 12/31/16)
With every purchase of $100 or more receive a complimentary 10 ml spray of our most popular fragrance, Special Formula X.  It makes a great gift (for you or anyone on your list!) ~
Just spreadin’ the love.



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DSH Summer SALE :: extended :)

Due to the crazy summer bug going around Boulder, we’ve all been a bit under the weather here at the studio.  What that ends up meaning is that we’re moving slower than usual for our Summer Sale.  So, we’ve decided to extend the sale for an extra week to allow your parcels to arrive (many with samples) and when you fall in love, you can still re-order before the sale ends.  (Yes;  We really love you).

Sale for 15% off* (everything except Scent of Hope) now until midnight on July 15, 2016.  code:  lovejune16


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the CHROMA Collection relaunch & re-vision 2016


 THE CHROMA COLLECTION Relaunch and 3 NEW aroma-colors

It is incredibly exciting to announce the much anticipated release of our three NEW aroma-colors: Hansa Yellow, Mars Violet, and Ultramarine Blue along with some beautifully updated and expanded designs for The Color Orange, and Umber: bois de rose.

We have been working for quite some time on a packaging update (images to come in the first week of May) to give the CHROMA collection a more “modern art” feel with color fields on the bottles and a unique, minimalist look, while still feeling like DSH.  And as is so often the case, as the imagery changed, new materials that spoke to the original intent of the designs came into the studio to allow for subtle shifts and elucidations of the fragrances.

Updates: The Color Orange, the pop-art, Rothko inspired unisex fragrance now has an enhanced brightness with notes of orange essence (distilled juice!) and is made eve fuller with the addition of subtle saffron.  Umber: bois de rose, was brought into a fuller focus with the addition of a new rose note that further marries the balsamic qualities of rose with the woody elements in rosewood and the moody nuances of the eglantine leaves in the topnote.  What comes out is a richer, warmer feel with a bit more focus on the rose to wood relationship.

What’s NEW: We have been slowly releasing preview samples of Hansa Yellow and Mars Violet ever since we created them for Denver Art Museum in 2014…it’s finally time to show them to the world along with the brand new Ultramarine Blue.

Hansa Yellow is one of the most brilliantly happy and uplifting fragrances that you will ever encounter!  Heartening as a ray of sunshine, Hansa Yellow sings with notes of lemon, Tunisian neroli, jasmine grandiflorum, orange blossom absolute, Australian sandalwood, and vanilla bean along with artful twists of green banana peel and butter co2 (!).  I feel better every time I take a whiff of this stuff!

Mars Violet is unlike any design we have done.  It’s got a lot in common with the ever popular “fruit-chouli” style of oriental, but it’s balsamic and slight gourmand leanings in the drydown make it stand apart.  Notes of plum, osmanthus, tobacco, patchouli, brown oakmoss, tolu balsam, tonka bean, oude, and fossil amber.

Ultramarine Blue is another thing altogether.  What I love about this design is that it seems very familiar but not exactly…  It’s a fresh take on the ozone/aquatic eau fraiche theme with notes of ozone / marine, petitgrain, bergamot, chamomile, cassis bud, ambergris, and musk.  It’s light and airy but with a sense that the ‘waters run deep…and turbulent.  This shade of blue is one of my favorites because it is at once comforting and unsettling; the fragrance feels the same to me.  (The phrase ‘curiouser and curiouser’ came to mind many times in the process of designing this fragrance).

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DSH at the AIX Scent Fair :: Los Angeles May 7 & 8



Dawn will be in Los Angeles in the first week of May– not only to be at the Art and Olfaction awards ceremony but also at the AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum! She will be showcasing a few of her most recent collaboration collections with Denver Art Museum: the Brilliant Collection, Giverny in Bloom, and the launch of the new CHROMA collection designs. There will be 40 exhibitors of artisan, independent, and experimental scent makers / olfactory artists. This is the first of it’s kind; a Scent Fair at a contemporary art museum…and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it. If you are from the LA area or happen to be traveling through on Mother’s Day weekend, please stop in, say hi, and give a sniff around. {Admission is free!} Click the link to get more info from the Hammer Museum’s facebook page.

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DSH March Newsletter : : La Belle Saison & May we have your Vote?

Happy Spring!

We’re so thrilled that Spring is officially here… so to create the perfect mood we’ve released our first floral of the year, a tribute to “the Beautiful Season” and lovely lilacs: La Belle Saison.  And of course, what comes with March is the voting for the “Best of Boulder”. We humbly ask for your vote.


La Belle Saison: The Most Beautiful Season

For me, I await the arrival of of the lilacs each and every year… and for the past five seasons, I have been working on creating something quite special and rare: an all botanical lilac perfume.

Lilacs, as lovely as they are and profoundly scented, do not yield their essence through the usual methods of extraction.  And so it’s usually synthetic lilac notes that are used to create lilac perfume designs.  I wanted something different; and a real challenge to create.

What came from my explorations is a delightfully fresh and airy Spring bouquet that gives the feel and impression of lilacs in bloom among the moisture and other blooming flowers that accompany the season. It is less a photographic ‘portrait’ of lilacs but rather like a painting that expresses the feeling as well as the scent of lilac; of Spring’s freshness.   Unlike one of DSH’s best selling Spring florals, mixed-media perfume “White Lilac“,  La Belle Saison is intended to speak to a the purist, who is searching for an all botanical lilac fragrance.

La Belle Saison opens with notes of natural cucumber, bergamot, and anise to open into the floral lilac (accord) bouquet in the heart.  Hints of neroli, jasmine grandiflorum, Bulgarian rose, and subtle spice notes glow softly in the heart giving a sense of dimension and space to the bouquet as it sets itself down on the dewy ground of vetiver, ambrette seed, and acacia honey.

As this is an all natural design created of rare and hard to find materials, we are initially offering La Belle Saison as a signed and numbered limited editions.  There will be 50 / 5 ml Extrait Parfum in Antique French flacons, and 30 / 15 ml.  Samples are also available for $23.

I hope that you will love it as I do.



May we have your vote?

To our friends, family and fans: it’s the annual BEST of BOULDER voting time… until March 31st, 2016.

Please take a few minutes to go HERE (which is the Boulder Weekly’s survey site).  They’re asking for everyone to vote on at least 25 questions, but we’ll make it easy for you.   Here’s about 30 recommendations for restaurants, arts & entertainment, and wellness we love and I’m sure that they would love to have your vote as well.  (Of course, if you have other favorites, please by all means vote with your heart!)

As you can imagine, we’re hoping that you will vote for us in our categories:

#119: Best Bath & Body Shop : Essence Studio
#137: Best Green Business: (write in) : Essence Studio
#143: Best Independent Business: (write in): Essence Studio

Here’s our recommendations for some of the other 22 questions:
Restaurants (we are FOODIES and love Coffee Houses…):

American Restaurant: Shine
Tapas: the Kitchen
Bagel: Moe’s
Breakfast: Lucille’s
Brunch: Dushanbe Teahouse
Business Lunch: Shine
Chinese: Five Spice
Fine Dining: the Kitchen
Indian: JaiPur
Italian: Bacco
Japanese: Sushi Zanami/ Amu
Organic: Shine
Overall: the Kitchen
Pizza slice: Abo’s
Sandwich: Snarf’s
Sushi: Sushi Zanmai/ Amu
Vegetarian: Shine
Coffee House: The Laughing Goat
Cup of Coffee: Amante
Latte / Mocha: Amante

Best Festival: Boulder International Fringe Festival
Best Jazz Venue: the Laughing Goat
Art Gallery: Art + Soul
Museum: BMoCA or (write in): the ArtScent Museum
Acupuncture: (write in): Living Creative Wellness
Massage: (write in): Living Creative Wellness
Jewelry: Angie Star

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to vote!  It really means a lot to us.

With Love and Gratitude,

Dawn, Mary, Amber, Edwin, Maria, and Chloe

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DSH Trunk Show and the San Francisco Artisan Fragrance Salon :: March 4 & 5

On Saturday, March 5, 2016 our store WILL BE CLOSED as we will be at the San Francisco Artisan Fragrance Salon.  So, if you will be in the Bay Area this weekend, it’s not to be missed!

You can read all about it at CaFleurebon here.  On top of that, Dawn will be doing a Trunk Show at Tigerlily Perfumery on Friday evening and introducing her newest botanical creation: La Belle Saison (an impressionist vision of lilac and the refreshing blossoms of Spring).

You can check out all of the info for the Tigerlily Event at our facebook page and here.

We hope to see you soon~~~

Happy March!

ox, Dawn & the team at DSH Perfumes

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DSH Archives {part I} : Soliflore Oil Essences & Single Note Musks

We’re really excited about presenting this new Archive series…  What is it? you may ask.

When we created this site, we had a ‘paring down’ of our site in mind so as to be less overwhelming to the newcomer (although we’ve already grown again by leaps and bounds…).  Of course, Dawn is such a prolific artist that we’ve quickly built up our offerings; that just seems to be her nature.  {Create! Create! Create!}

Even with so many designs available, we regularly have inquiries about perfumes not currently listed at the site but still available through our studio via special order. So, Dawn thought that by archiving some these scents and even some that are currently on the site, it might be easier to find the treasure you are looking for and know that it’s still available.  Thus, the DSH Archives are born.

This post is just part I, and will start with Soliflore Oil Essences & Single Note Musks:

Archives Part I:  DSH soliflore oils available via special order:

*1 dram oil essence pulse roller: $32                                    *10 ml oil essence pulse roller : $58.50

Apple Blossom
Arabian Rose
Carnation, Spicy
Carnation, Soft
Egyptian Jasmine
Honeysuckle, Red
Honeysuckle, White
Kenya Lily
Lilac, Purple
Lilac, white
Muguet des Bois
Night Queen
Orange Blossom
Red Rose
Sweet Clover
Tea Rose
Tunisian Jasmine
Violet, African
Violet, English

Also available: “Soliflore” Musks:

Arabian Musk
African Musk
Egyptian Musk
Oriental Musk
Tibetan Musk
Tunisian Musk
Turkish Musk

**If there is a scent from our archives that you might be interested in special ordering, please just contact us via our contact page or by calling 1-720-563-0344.

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DSH Thank You and HOLIDAY SALE : update! We’re extending the SALE through December 19th

Hi DSH Perfumes friends, family, and fans!

We’ve had a number of emails asking about our sale, when it ends, etc and it look slike it would really be awesome if we’d extend it a few days to make life better for you… so we did!! 🙂

The SALE now runs through next Saturday, December 19 at midnight.  So for 20% off* use coupon code: sparkle15 at checkout!   We love and feel the gratitude for all of you!

oxox and Happy Holidays~


Dawn & the DSH Team